a Private Academy in the Catholic Tradition
Academic excellence is achieved first through ensuring we have qualified, dedicated, and caring teachers who take seriously the duty and responsibility of assisting parents in educating each child. The principal and staff regularly collaborate, review, and modify the curricula and academic standards to ensure that children are being provided appropriate, high quality, and rigorous academic formation. Classrooms are kept at small, manageable sizes to ensure that children can receive the individualized attention needed to flourish in their learning.
Please note that we do not believe in strictly adopting and applying the Common Core Standards and curricula since we do not have a practice of joining educational "bandwagons." Please click here to see the Archdiocese of Denver Standards for Catholic Schools which we have adopted and follow.
The Catholic Faith is an essential piece to our school's life and vision. The Catholic Church has had a long tradition of supporting, sustaining, and building a culture of educational excellence. Few people remember that the Catholic Church was the first institution to build universities and has provided an exceptional and affordable education to millions of individuals both in the past and present. The Catholic Church supports education because it takes seriously Christ's promise that the "Truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
The Catholic Faith inspires children to live a life of high morals since its shows them that every person is created with an inherent dignity being made in the image and likeness of God. Children are encouraged therefore to treat everyone with respect, not through a motive of fear, but rather inspired out of love.
Modern educational practice is often pretentious in its flawed belief that "new is always better." Unfortunately, we have witnessed a modern trend within our educational system wherein schools are constantly jumping on philosophical "bandwagons," adopting the latest curricula, and standardized testing. This trend has not proven to provide our children with a better education.
As such, we wish to expose children to a method and program of education which is proven to be effective and rigorous. Classical education is a philosophy which directs one to pursue truth, beauty, and goodness, forming the child's capacity to think critically and independently. Children are meant to become inspired to love the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, rather than merely seeing education as a means to some other end (e.g. vocational training).
Ultimately, a classically oriented education will provide children with an educational advantage since they will understand how to soundly apply their faculty of reason and to pursue truth independently as a lover of knowledge.
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Montrose, CO 81401
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